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Almaty.

2009-01-30 | Askar Isabekov

The Blackbirds continue to sing, probably the spring begins. Also Great Tits begin to sing. Both birds sing the songs still in morning twilight. [...... read more ]


Almaty.

2009-01-22 | Askar Isabekov

More than one week the Blackbirds on the dark morning sang the songs. [...... read more ]


Ozerny gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-01-16 | Askar Isabekov

Very sunny and very warm day but the birds are a bit. Two Great Tits, three Chaffinches, two Brown Dippers, one Azure Tit, one European Robin, two Pheasants (one cock and one hen), four Blackbirds. That's all! All the birds including Chaffinches were observed singly. [...... read more ]


Trip to Bartogai.

2009-01-08 | Askar Isabekov

The day is sunny and warm. The trip roughly divided in two parts, the first one is the road among the foothills of Karash ridge and the second one is Sogety valley with Bartogai reservoir. The foothills without wind were hazy. As the last trip to Bartogai the birds were noted almost only in the djida (russian olive) thickets. Today we saw Fieldfares, Greenfinches, Black-throated Thrushes, Corn Buntings, one Yellowhammer, one Eversmann's Redstart, Pine Buntings, Mistle Thrushes were eating djida berries. The most numerous and most appreciable bird was Mistle Thrush (except the Magpie of course). Along the road the flocks of Mistle Thrushes were observed at every step; considering its size and number it's impossible not to note they. Mistle Thrushes are not so shy birds but never long postured. So today we don't have a lot of photos of Mistle Thrushes. Also today we saw birds were feeding on the birch-trees. Several Azure Tits, Long-tailed Rosefinches, Red-fronted Serins. The large flock [...... read more ]


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Ozerny gorge. Ile-Alatau National Park.

2009-01-06 | Askar Isabekov

The short trip to the buckthorn thickets. The results are many Carrion Crows and Magpies, two Great Tits, one Eversmann's Redstart, one Guldenstadt's Redstart, one White-bellied Dipper, one Goldcrest, three Red-mantled Rosefinches (one adult male). And the main is Solitary Snipe. The Snipe were feeding easy on the watercourse and let me possibility to make photos and even video. [...... read more ]


Big Almaty Lake. Ile-Alatau National Park.

2009-01-02 | Askar Isabekov

Day is sunny, quite warm and very windy. On the road I beheld one Red-mantled Rosefinch and one Guldenstadt's Redstart. The lake is already whole frozen but the empty and outflow rivers are almost without ice. The birds were a little probably through the strong wind. At first I beheld only Carrion Crows (which number was a strange little), single Magpies, and the nimble flock of the Red-fronted Serins flew here and there and opposing the wind yet pecked up the seeds from the grass. Later on the ice-hole I saw one White-bellied Dipper and one Wallcreeper. Further on the gorge from time to time the Brown Accentors streaked in the spruce forest. On the ice-hole of mouth of Ozernaya river the Mallard Ducks winter as on last year. Today I have accounted 14 Mallards. The Ducks fed not in river's mouth but some upwards. There is no place to fly out in mountains therefore the casual flashed Mallards having roamed over lake again come back to the ice-hole. Having walked a little upwards the river [...... read more ]


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rare birds records


Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Askar Isabekov
2018-02-11
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

First winter record in Sorbulak lakes. Only spring records are known before this one: May 30, 1995 (Erokhov, 2002), April 11, 1999 (Grachev, 2002), and April 23, 2017 (Dyakin, www.birds.kz). In winter time Pygmy Cormorant is not rare in Chardara reservoir (Erokhov et al, 2006; Kovalenko, Kravchenko, 2007; Kovalenko, Karpov, 2008); recent years was observed in Taraz (Kolbintsev, 2009; M.Nukusbekov, www.birds.kz; A.Balykin, www.birds.kz), in foothill part of Chu river valley (Belyalov, Karpov, 2009), one specimen was photographed at December 23, 2017 in Taldykurgan vicinity (A.Belyaev, www.birds.kz).


Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

© Malik Nukusbekov
2018-02-17
Ertai. Zhambyl oblast.

Rare observation of Black Kite in Kazakhstan in winter time. Previously in winter time recorded in Almaty oblast (Karpov, Belyalov, 2009; Berezovikov, 2014; S.Shmygalev, www.birds.kz); in Mangyshlak (Yasko, 2017); and in Chardara (A.Kovalenko, www.birds.kz).

Березовиков Н.Н. 2014. Зимняя встреча черноухого коршуна Milvus migrans lineatus в городе Алматы // Рус. орнитол. журн. 23 (1082): 3957.
Карпов Ф.Ф., Белялов О.В. 2009. О зимней встрече чёрного коршуна в Алматинской области // Selevinia: 234.
Ясько А.О. 2017. Орнитологические наблюдения в городе Актау // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1399): 382-394.


Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)

© Sergey Ukhov
2018-01-22
Bautino, Mangystau

First record in Mangyshlak peninsula.


Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)

© Malik Nukusbekov
2018-01-28
Ertai. Zhambyl oblast.

The second winter record of Black Redstart in S and SE Kazakhstan. Before this record one male was observed in 7th of February, 1998 in Zhabagly village (Чаликова, 2008).

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Big Year 2018

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1. Askar Isabekov (81)
2. Andrey Vilyayev (55)
3. Boris Gubin (49)
4. Alexandr Katuncev (44)
5. Anna Yasko (44)

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unidentified birds


2018-02-23

Анна Ясько: Меня первая птица заинтересовала тем, что она выглядит как седоголовый. Но если присмотреться, то голова подозрительно светлее спины и пятна
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2018-02-22

Аскар Исабеков: Анна, согласен, что седоголовый, четких признаков черноголового нет.

2018-02-22

Аскар Исабеков: согласен, признаков седоголового щегла не видно.

2018-02-22

Аскар Исабеков: Спасибо, Анна, время от времени, обогатившись новыми навыками, действительно, нужно делать ревизию непростых групп (еще бы раскидать дроздов
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